Sunday, April 4, 2010

Flower canes - week 14 of canes and Bottles 33 - 41

Hi Everyone,

I've been lamenting my lack of creativity these last couple of weeks.  I have no focus and about a 2 minute attention span.  Some of it is I've got so much that I want to do that I can't seem to keep my mind on any one project. But I suspect that some of it might be that the winter blahs suppress me somehow.

So this weekend has been absolutely gorgeous outside, birds are singing, flowers are blooming, sun is shining, and I even wore a skirt and t-shirt yesterday outside.

And, of course, in addition to wanting to be outside, my hobby room finally starts calling my name.  At first it's a whisper and I drift in an out of the room in 30 second visits.  But then, just as the sun is fully overhead and it's absolutely perfect outside my room starts its siren song and I can no longer resist.  My hobby room is in the basement with no windows.  This happens every year.  First beautiful weekend and I can't seem to wait to get into the hobby room.

I succumbed today and made the following flower cane which seemed to me a compromise since my room wasn't letting me outside where the real flowers are.  As I was making it I was thinking to myself that I really hate making petaled flower canes.  I can never get them perfect.  One or two petals are generally misshapen, they're not centered correctly, and they usually frustrate me.  I tried two different methods today of making a flower cane.  One I haven't taken a photo of, and may not, since I'm unhappy with it.  This one I was going to try to reduce using the play-doh method but by the time I got to assembling the petals point I wasn't looking forward to the packing of clay and reduction.  I had sliced off a slice to see what it would look like and decided that no reduction required, that this would make a perfect topper to a bottle I was experimenting with (more on that in May).

And voila!  I love these.

These make Bottles 33 - 41.  The bloggers that these are dedicated on behalf of are:

33 - Sarcastic Quilter
34 - Paper Queen
35 - Krystal
36 - Sue
37 - Janice
38 - SewCalGal
39 - Stitchety Grub
40 - Tanya904
41 - Danit

I'm sure the Bottles of Hope will bring smiles to the cancer patients that receive them.  Thanks to the bloggers for entering my OWOH giveaway.

Happy spring and flowers to all.




danit said...

Sandy, they are absolutely gorgeous.

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Thank you and again, a wonderful and generous thing to do!

Beck (Sarcastic Quilter)

surfingcat said...

Beautiful bottles. Those flowers look great. Glad you managed to avoid the playdough reduction, so much cleaning up!

2 Good Claymates said...

Sandy, for someone who does not like doing flower canes, those flowers are absolutely gorgeous! They look real cute in the bottles as well!

I agree with surfingcat -- the playdough method is a total mess. I tried it once and don't think I will ever do it again.

Fiona said...

What nice jolly canes. Really spring like. I know that can't settle feeling. I get it all the time. Oh - must go now and try something!!

Louise said...

I just love your flowers Sandy.
You will have to show me how you make the stoppers . I just scream after making mine.

Sandy said...

Louise, my stoppers are simply the rubber lids that come with the bottles. All I did was paint them. See blog entry